Allen West’s Dishonest Political History

Allen West is trying to stay relevant by going on radio talk shows and he’s spouting some seriously dishonest history along the way. It’s the typical Republican narrative about how the Democrats were the party of the KKK, blah blah blah. But he says black people are not falling for Democrats anymore:

After Berliner declared that the Democratic strategy in this election amounted to little more than hateful fear-mongering, West said that such tactics should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about history.

“You look at the history of the Democrat Party and it’s always been about fear-mongering, intimidation of the voters, coercion,” West said. “They’re the party of segregation. They’re the party of the Ku Klux Klan. They’re the party of Jim Crow. They’re the party of poll taxes and literacy tests and things of this nature, it’s just that they continue to do it except with a different type of tactic in the Twenty-First Century.”

It’s like they think history stopped in the 1940s and nothing else happened after that point. Well here’s some of what didn’t happen: the Democrats pushed through the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act and all the racist Southern Democrats, called Dixiecrats, left for the Republican party, which by then was much more accommodating to racists.

When Berliner asked West if black voters are now finally starting to see that “what the Democrats have been telling them for the last fifty or sixty years are just a collection of lies that are finally coming back to haunt them,” West readily agreed, saying “I do believe so.”

Reality check: 89% of black voters on Tuesday voted for Democrats. Yep, they sure are flocking to the Republican party, aren’t they?

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Reality check: 89% of black voters on Tuesday voted for Democrats. Yep, they sure are flocking to the Republican party, aren’t they?

    To be fair, more would vote Republican, but they don’t have ID, the lines were too long, poll watchers were harassing them, there weren’t enough machines and some of those were broken. Thanks, Obama!

  • frankniddy

    It’s more than a little hypocritical for him to talk about fear-mongering, since West all but believes that Obama wanted ISIS to use illegal immigrants to spread Ebola in are country.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    frankniddy, but that wasn’t fear-mongering, it was fact-mongering. Seriously. West learning from a captured enemy combatant he performed a mock execution on.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “learning” -> “learned it”

  • coffeehound

    “….. it’s always been about fear-mongering, intimidation of the voters, coercion,”

    Exactly! True the Vote, dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, Standing outside polling places with guns, requiring new forms of ID just months before an election, William Rehnquist intimidating Hispanic voters here in Az on election day, sending out false voting information to the opponents districts by “accident”, restricting voting hours ( but only in ‘those’ districts) losing 40,000 votes in one state, disenfranchising 600,000 in another. We all know who that was….that was…..uh…..wait, I just had it….uh….erm…

  • Mobius

    And he ignores the fact that all those Blue Dog Democrats that were associated with the KKK changed parties and became Republicans.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “You look at the history of the Democrat Party and it’s always been about fear-mongering…”

    Man, I sure am glad that I didn’t just sit through months of commercials in which multiple Republican candidates warned that ISIS was coming to kill your children right now, and that the Democratic candidates were foolishly naive not to be in a state of panic over it. Because that is what dishonest and hateful fear-mongering would look like.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Headline: 2 words too long.

  • matty1

    I assume he means ‘real’ black people, i:e him, are voting Republican. It is just like the identification of”real’ Americans with right wing Christians

  • N. Manning

    I served with Allen west in the mid 1980s. He was the only officer I ever knew of that was openly mocked and made fun of by not only his fellow officers, but by NCOs and enlisted personnel alike. IOW, even his fellow soldiers didn;t respect him, and thsi was BEFORE he became a right-wing lunatic.

  • colnago80

    Re N. Manning @ #10

    It doesn’t speak well for the promotion boards in the Army that an asshole like Manning was promoted all the way to lieutenant colonel.

  • jws1

    SLC: you meant West not Manning, right?

  • dingojack

    SLC – nor does speak well that such widespread and flagrant insubordination is the result of such a poor promotion.

    Dingo